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March 5, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • NRC gets redacted report on Calif. nuclear plant issues
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received a redacted copy of a report about the cause of steam-generator problems at Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear plant in California from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The agency secured the full report months ago, but it couldn't disclose its contents to the public because of proprietary information. Regulators are "reviewing the redactions to see if we agree with them," said NRC spokesman Victor Dricks. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Execs consider best practices related to S.C. MOX project
    Several industry executives held discussions about the lessons and best practices associated with the construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina. "From renewing a previously dormant supply chain to ensuring qualified vendors and craft workers, the MOX project has led the way, and we look forward to continued interactions with industry to ensure all lessons learned are shared," said Steve Marr, executive vice president and deputy project manager at Shaw Areva MOX Services. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Sen. Wyden lays out priorities for Senate energy panel
    Natural gas, radioactive waste and energy-production incentives are among the priorities of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee moving forward, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the panel's chairman. Bipartisan talks about waste management are encouraging, Wyden said, but the issue needs to be resolved. Platts (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Leaders should serve themselves some humble pie
    The best leaders tend also to be the most humble, John Baldoni says in this video. Business schools might not teach humility, but bosses who can check their egos at the door are more likely to command respect and loyalty. "Leaders who value humility are the ones other people want to follow," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ideas should face public scrutiny, 72andSunny CEO says
    Advertising firm 72andSunny has all ideas and designs go through a review stage, where they're literally pinned to the wall for feedback and criticism from passing workers. "This way, we can maintain the important elements of authorship and personal accountability while also getting the benefit of the extended team's objectivity and ideas," CEO John Boiler writes. Fast Company online (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Areva's Oursel is hopeful of reactor restarts in Japan
    About two-thirds of Japan's nuclear plants will be allowed to restart within a few years, said Luc Oursel, CEO of Areva. The French-based company is seeking to increase sales of safety equipment in Japan. "If plants restart as we hope, Japan will recoup a significant place" in the company's revenue, Oursel said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amano notes slight increase in global nuclear capacity in 2012
    Nuclear energy capacity worldwide increased slightly in 2012, said Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Construction also started on seven reactors last year, compared with four in 2011. "The impact of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continued to be felt in 2012 in the relatively low overall number of construction starts on new reactors," an IAEA report states. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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